Bacigalupi Vineyards | 2015 Chardonnay

Sold out Next release March 2018

95+ Points by Robert Parker
"Opening with expressive notes of ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and guava, the 2015 Chardonnay reveals underlying baker’s yeast, marzipan and butterscotch hints. Medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous satiny texture and wonderful intensity of stone fruit and citrus flavors, it delivers a lot of layers in the mouth with a long, lively finish sporting savory and mineral notes. Benchmark Russian River Chardonnay!"

Winemaker Notes
2015 was a very dry year. We had very little rainfall over the winter and spring and a warm summer. Harvest came very early. Crop size was very small due to the lack of water in the vineyards, but quality was outstanding

Production Notes
The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed to a tank, after being picked at 3:00 am.  After cold settling just 24 hours in tank, the juice was racked to a combination of new and used French Oak barrels.  This Chardonnay was allowed to ferment with wild yeast. The juice fermented very slowly for four weeks before going through malolactic fermentation.  The barrels were stirred every other week for 9 months and left on the lees until bottling.  The wine was gently moved to tank just before bottling.  The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes
Our 2015 Chardonnay starts out with aromas of tropical stone fruit, honeydew melon, vanilla and toasted carmel. The mid-palate is full and rich with bright fruit with a touch of minerality.  This wine finishes for days with refreshing pop of acidity.


Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 282
Aging: 11 months
Cooperage: 50% new French oak 50% neutral French oak
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

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